The Learning in the Workplace survey (that has been running since 2010) has now had over 7,500 responses. The full results are shown below ranked by the aggregated Very important and Essential scores. The shaded cells highlight where the most received were received in each category.
The results continue to show that for modern professionals
- the least valued ways to learn at and for work are the traditional learning activities – classroom training and e-learning (DIDACTICS)
- whilst the most valued ways to learn for work are the experiences and activities that happen as part of daily work (DOING), through interaction with people (DISCOURSE) as well as the use of informal web content (DISCOVERY).
|1||Daily work experiences (ie doing the day job)||DOING||1||6||29||64||93|
|2||Knowledge sharing with your team||DISCOURSE||1||7||33||59||92|
|3||Web search (eg Google)||DISCOVERY||3||20||31||46||77|
|4||Manager feedback and guidance||DOING||5||20||38||37||75|
|5||Web resources (articles, videos, podcasts, etc)||DISCOVERY||3||24||41||32||73|
|7||Coach or mentor feedback and guidance||DOING||7||23||45||25||70|
|6||Your professional network (aka PLN)||DISCOURSE||5||29||40||26||66|
|8||Company resources (eg documents, job aids)||DISCOVERY||7||31||35||27||62|
|9||Blog posts and news feeds||DISCOVERY||13||44||29||14||43|
|10||E-Learning (eg online courses)||DIDACTICS||17||44||27||12||39|
|11||Conferences and other professional events||DISCOURSE||18||51||26||5||31|
For a deeper analysis of this survey, go to An analysis of the value of the ways of learning at work
Here’s a slide showing the survey rating:
So, in the light of the results of this survey and the survey that showed that DIDACTICS represents only a small percentage of how people learn in the workplace, it is time for change. It it is not just about improving the training/e-learning experience, it requires a new organisational learning culture or mindset that enables and supports learning in all its ways at work. I call this Modern Workplace Learning (MWL).
Last updated: June 24, 2020 at 8:10 am